WE HAVE LOTS OF DIFFERENT CLAY ACTIVITIES ON OFFER BOTH WEEKDAYS & WEEKENDS.
All Sessions need to be booked in advance, Simply ring the studio, we check availability & book you in.
The sessions are taught individually on a 1:1 basis ,unless you are coming as a couple,with friends or part of a group.
The sessions make great gifts and are all available as gift vouchers
We have two potters wheels in the studio and run Individual, Family and Group Sessions.
Come & have some fun throwing pots. An Individual session lasts around 60-90 minutes.You get a ball of clay and are guided through the basic steps to make a pot. Once you have done your first pot with assistance, you then get a second ball of clay and time to practice on the wheel yourself.
You can have your pots fired then return to paint them in the studio at a cost of £3.50 per pot, or alternativley you take them home to air dry on the day.
Note: Children need to be aged 7 years and over so that they can reach the peddles safely & follow the instructions given to them.
The Pottery Experience is a great fun introduction to clay. The session starts by rolling your sleeves up & throwing some pots on the wheel, this is followed by a few hours of handbuilding, using the tradional coiling method.
You are shown the basic steps to mould, shape & assemble your clay, then left to create your masterpiece.
We have lots of ideas in the studio & help on hand by our friendly team. The session usually lasts around 2-3 hours, but you can take as long as you need,there is no time limit.
Vases, pet dishes & bird houses are all popular makes during this activity, anything goes & the choice is yours.
3-4 hour class.
Come & join us making a fabulous little breakfast set
This class uses the pottery wheel, GR Forms and slabs to make a cereal bowl, toast plate and either a Mug or juice tumbler.
There is nothing nicer than eating your breakfast from your very own handmade pots.
The class includes simple glazing ready for collection 3-4 weeks later. Should you wish to design and glaze your own pots, this is an additional £10.
Aprox a 2hr class
Come join us making any functional item in clay by hand. Plates, platters, butter dish's, fruit strainers, lidded pots - there is loads of choice and you can choose on the day.
In this class items are usually built from slabs of clay, we show you how to prepare & cut the clay before assembling and adding texture.
The class includes simple glazing ready for collection, should you wish to paint this yourself at the end of the class, it is an additional £3.50- Add 30-45 minutes to your visit.
This fabulous fun filled day explores lots of elements of pottery making.
You will cover pot throwing on the wheel making 2-3 pots, followed by building an item by hand.
You will choose an item to make from our many ideas, and you are shown you the pottery method to built it, showing you how to shape,blend & attach the clay together to form your masterpiece. once your creations are made you relax with some pottery painting. We have lots of bisque ware to choose from,and its a lovely way to bring the day to an end.
Bring a packed lunch with you or you can order lunch from the Barn cafe & have it brought to the studio (additional cost)
Hot drinks & biscuits included
10.30am- 3pm (aprox finish)
Pottery Classes for children...
Although most of our classes can be attended and if needed adapted for children, the following are specifically designed for children between 6-12 years of age.
Adults can also take part in these classes with an accompaning child.
A fun & creative way for children 6 years & over to experience clay in a fun environment.
The children simply choose what they wish to make from our examples & ideas in the studio... it may be a pen pot, wild thing pot or animals.
The choice is limitless and you wont be stuck for ideas.
You are shown step by steps on how to build,assemble & join the clay to make your creation.
or you may just want simple instructions & go it alone
The session needs to be booked in advance. Session is around 1.5 hrs. Drink included.
Glaze firing is optional at £4 or you can take your creation home with you at the end of the session.
This very popular 1.5hr class shows the children how to make a clay pot using sausages (coils) of clay, we then spend time making it into a wild thing of their choice (There are loads to choose from!)
step by step support is given throughout. Aimed at children 6years & over
Glaze firing is optional at £4, or you can take your creation home to air dry after the session.
Aprox 2hr class, making 1 of our Wall buddies.
You are shown how to assemble the body structure using pinch pots, we then add arms and legs before adding details to make the face.
They are finished by adding texture and or clay accessories to make your own unique wall buddy.
Glaze firing is optional at £4 and can be done at the end of the session - add 30-45 minutes to your session. Collection is 3-4 weeks later.
For younger children 10 years & under we have clay play. No need to pre book this session.
Simply roll up their sleeves and let them squish and squash with a ball of clay & our cutters & tools
Its great sensory stimualtion for toddlers
We also have some simple modelling books for those a little older. Our younger visitors have made some great creations in these sessions.
Here at The Crafty Potter you can treasure those little hand & footprints forever, we can even do paws!!
we make an impression of the hand or foot in clay and then cut this into a plaque that can be wall hung.
You choose the design & colours and leave us to work our magic.
The process takes aroun 3-4 weeks from the imprint to collection.
OPENING HOURS - BY APPOINTMENT DURING THIS TIME
* We may not be in the studio if no one is booked in
The Crafty Potter
Heskin Hall Shopping Village
Heskin Hall Estate
077 3239 3040
Due to very limited space
All handmade & painted pots are only kept in the studio for 4 weeks.
Uncollected pots will be thrown away.
Please let us know if you are unable to collect your pot & need us to keep it a little longer for you
If we are not in the studio, dont worry, Simply take your ticket number to the desk "under the stairs" nr the potter, and the staff will kindly get your pots for you.